With the summer heat continuing unabated, our editors thought that it might be a good idea to share our favorite frozen treats. This month, we focus on the sorbet.
Some food historians say that sorbet, also called “water ice,” originated in ancient Persia, as far back as 3000 B.C., while others date it to the 17th century. Whatever its history, one thing is clear: it’s the perfect “cool” treat for those avoiding dairy. Sorbet also tends to be lower in fat and because it contains no animal products, it is also a great choice for those who follow a vegan diet.
Any type or combination of fruit can be pureed and turned into a sorbet or fruit bar. This month, the editors of IBS Life taste tested four brands that are easy to find at a local food store. Below are the items we liked best based on flavor, calories, and price!
Halo Top Fruit Pops
These fruit pops have 55% less sugar than normal sorbet, which comes as a surprise to IBS Life editors because of how yummy they are. Each pop also promises 45 calories per serving. It’s a great alternative for those trying to avoid dairy. Do not fear; despite less sugar, you’ll still get plenty of natural sweetness (Note: this product is sweetened with stevia, a non-nutritive sweetener extracted from the South American stevia plant. Pure stevia is low-FODMAP, but as always, talk to a digestive health specialist to see if it is right for you).
These ice pops date back to 1905, when a mother and son decided to create a healthy treat for warm, summer days. They use agave syrup rather than cane sugar as a light sweeter. They’ve also been certified free of the top eight food allergens (gluten, peanut, tree nut, soy, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish, and sesame). Because they’re half the size of a regular fruit bar, each frozen treat is only 15 calories.
365 by Whole Foods
The 365 Brand promises their products are made with no high-fructose corn syrup, colors, and preservatives. These fruit bars are refreshing and definitely a good choice if one is looking for a guilt-free dessert. Of the bars IBS Life editors tasted, this fruit bar has the highest calorie count, topping at 120 calories.
Talenti Dairy-free Sorbetto
Talenti sorbetto is made following an Old World style — a slow process of cooking batches of ingredients together to infuse maximum flavor. Talenti uses alphonso mangoes — known as the King of Mangoes — from Maharashtra, India. These delicate fruits have a sweet, creamy taste with a juicy pulp. The sorbetto is made with cane sugar and a hint of lemon to give it a slightly tangy taste. Since one serving size (2/3 cup) has (ugh!) 160 calories, consider cutting back on the serving!
One Last Message
It's important to note that just because a sorbet doesn’t contain dairy, it doesn’t mean it’s perfect for everyone with IBS. We all experience symptoms differently. For example, some fruits may cause GI discomfort, so it’s best to work closely with a nutritionist/dietitian to help you identify your food triggers. Moderation is key here. Living with IBS can be difficult, especially regarding food, but we hope these options may help!